Celtic Half Chest-Piece

This gorgeous freehand Celtic knotwork piece was done by Jeppe Isbak at I.C. Art Tattoo in Denmark.

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30 thoughts on “Celtic Half Chest-Piece

  1. It looks amazing except for all the blank spots in the outline. I’m sure it’s supposed to be like that since there’s so many of them but i really hate it! Sad to say it since it’s obviously great work

  2. I was thrown off by the blank spots in the outline as well. It looks like it might be still healing, and those are cracks in the (possibly a little too-dry) tattoo where the skin is bending and the tattoo is still scabby.

  3. I just dont liked the outer line, but it’s my point of view.
    Agreed with Liz, to die a hundred times.
    I think the white spots are like little broken parts, just an effect.

  4. This is gorgeous work…maybe I’m going against popular opinion, but I liked the breaks in the outline, it reminded me of a design on an old tombstone or church…love this!!

  5. I like this! I am no expert on anything like this but it looks to me like the ‘blank’ spots are where the ‘cracks’ run to the edge? As if it is made of stone?

  6. i actually quite like them and pretty much share the sentiments of Venusimpelz.

    also, isnt that ink on his arm? i assumed at least part of it was still fresh cos of that so it will probably look a little different eventually…

  7. definitely love the inside stone celtic work, very well done.

    I think the outline could have been thinner though…As I think the thing that is throwing it off is the big bold black outline

  8. pretty sure the blank spots on the outer edge are to make it look more like old/crumbly stone. difficult to tell with the picture being so much smaller than real-life-size though.

  9. i’m usually not too fond of celtic designs as they have unfortunately become very “flash art”-ish. but this is great work — i especially love the stone look. definitely unique.

  10. i LOVE the contrast of the dark black border against the soft grey shading. Very different, very pretty.

  11. I don’t think thats traditional celtic, it looks more nordic to me or even nordic anglo-saxon. The knotwork style looks to late, maybe 8th century, to be true celtic.

    - sam

  12. Jewpunk is right on, this isn’t Celtic, it’s Nordic, from the Viking era. They’re obviously very similar stylistically (perhaps because the Vikings invaded the UK and Ireland and stayed there for a while), but Celtic designs tend to be symmetrical and the knot patterns more “orderly”, while Viking designs aren’t.

    Check out Danish tattoo artists Erik Reime and Colin Dale at Kunsten på Kroppen (“the art on the body”) for some excellent stippled/dot-shaded examples of the style.

    I wish Jeppe Isbak had a site, I’d love to see more of his work!

  13. I’m a huge fan of Celtic. It’s very closely related to the Celtic design,but I’d have to agree with it being closer to the Viking style. That’s beautifully shaded. It’s not an in your face,over done thing. Very Nice – whether it’s Celtic,or Nordic.

  14. I think it looks great. I am Norwegian and I am looking for something similar, not as big, but I want the “carving” to be like on the Gokstad viking ship.

  15. To go even further, i´d say this looks Anglo-Saxon rather than Nordic or Celtic.

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